The Bruce Librarian Vol. III: Finding Grace in the Concert Hall

Published 2011-02-13
By Karsten S. Andersen
A book about Bruce is not just a book about Bruce. There are several types of Bruce books: everything from the traditional biography to picture books and guitar tab books. One sub-genre is not very well-known. You won’t find it in many bookstores, except possibly in college bookstores or other very specialized places, and it’s not the kind of book you want to give to the casual fan who wants to know a little bit more about Bruce Springsteen.What I’m talking about is.... Read more
   

Bruce rocks for the Ranney School

Published 2011-01-30
By Karsten S. Andersen
The annual benefit show for the Ranney School, which has one or more of Bruce's kids attending classes, took place last night at the Stone Pony. Concept was the same as always: only access for employees of the school, plus parents of students, and the parents even had to shell out big money to be there. But no doubt everybody in attendance felt they got their money's worth as Bruce delivered his usual three-hour show of high energy rock 'n' roll featuring both covers and originals. This.... Read more
   

Great offer to fans in the L.A. area

Published 2011-01-28
By Karsten S. Andersen
Are you in the L.A. area? Greasy Lake can get you and your friends in for free at Saturday's show at Brixton South Bay where Bruce cover band The Rising will perform the Darkness album in its entirety. Just send an email to greasylake@greasylake.org and tell us the full names of those going. Then you'll all be on the guest list. Normal ticket price is.... Read more
   

Bruce makes first live appearance of 2011

Published 2011-01-16
By Karsten S. Andersen
As has become a great habit for him, Bruce showed up at last night's Light of Day benefit show at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park. As usual, his presence hadn't been announced, but that didn't stop him from showing up and joining the usual suspects Joe Grushecky, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile and Alejandro Escovedo for a long night of great rock 'n' roll. After guesting with the three last-mentioned for one song each, Bruce took the stage for solo acoustic versions of "Your Own Worst.... Read more
   

Greasy Lake Reviews: The Promise - The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story

Published 2010-12-26
By Karsten S. Andersen
Reviewing The Promise box actually makes as much sense as Reader’s Digest reviewing The Holy Grail. In many ways The Promise defies all earthly attempts to describe, label or criticize. It is the Holy Grail for Springsteen fans. Even after its release, going through the list of contents makes you wonder if it was all just a dream. Did we really get a complete 1978 show on DVD? Was there really a camera present during the fabled Darkness sessions? A double album of Darkness outtakes? No.... Read more
   

Merry Bruce Christmas!

Published 2010-12-24
By Karsten S. Andersen
Christmas is over us and 2010 is running out of time. Greasy Lake would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Festive Festivus, or whatever you're celebrating. If you're among the people who didn't get the Darkness box yet, hopefully it will be under the Christmas tree for you. From a Bruce perspective that box has been the definite highlight of the year and will be hard to surpass for Bruce in 2011. But, if anyone can do it, it would be him. Within the next few days I will.... Read more
   

Webcast starting to show up

Published 2010-12-15
By Karsten S. Andersen
The live performance from December 7, where Bruce and the E Street Band performed for a very limited number of people at the Casino in Asbury Park, has started to show up online as an official Christmas webcast. We can't tell you what it contains, because so far you can only watch in in the US through something called Vevo.com or if you're in the UK through The Guardian's website. While the webcast is probably bound to show up in other countries before too long, this geographical.... Read more
   

Bruce does Bruce

Published 2010-11-17
By Karsten S. Andersen
So Bruce was on Jimmy Fallon's Late Night talkshow last night. He was interviewed, performed a couple of songs, yada yada.... Just the usual drill in connection with a new release. Wrong! This time he did something he's never done before. Heck, I don't know if any star of his stature has ever done anything like it. It was weird. It was surreal. It was so unlikely that probably not everybody (myself included) realized what had happened until much later. To cut a long story short, in the.... Read more
   

Darkness box hits the shelves

Published 2010-11-15
By Karsten S. Andersen
The Promise was kept. At least in Europe, the Darkness boxset and the separate The Promise double album are now available. Americans will have to wait till Tuesday, but after a three-month wait, one more day seems like it might just be possible to overcome for even the most impatient fan. What really sucks are the several cases we've heard of where stores haven't had enough of the blu-ray version in stock - if any at all - or when buyers have found the wrong discs in their boxes. But those.... Read more
   

Two good men found in Pittsburgh

Published 2010-11-05
By Karsten S. Andersen
It was billed as an anniversary show for the Springsteen-produced American Babylon album, but that was probably just an excuse for the two old friends, Bruce and Joe Grushecky, to get together and rock the house again. Whatever the case, only four songs from the 15-year old album were played, and focus was on songs that that are always highlights when Joe and Bruce are in charge of the entertainment, such as "Murder Incorporated", "Pumping Iron", "Code of.... Read more
   


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